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3298 Edition

May 11 – 17, 2015

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Charity Baseball Game Held For Rural Poor Children


Reported by Simon Lin


On May 9, the Mother Day, about 8,000 rural poor children from Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan gathered to watch a charity baseball game, contested by two famous professional baseball teams: Uni-Lions and Brothers, at the baseball stadium located at the home town of renown Chiayi Agricultural High School Baseball Team which legend to enter Japan’s historical “Japanese High School Baseball Championship”(also commonly called Koshien Baseball Tournament) was made a blockbuster movie “KANO” last year.


Mr Shei Kuang-hsiong, Chairman of Grace Home Church, hoped that this baseball game could be upgraded from entertainment into hope, inspiring the rural poor children live their lives with the strenuous spirit and hope inherent in baseball match.


Elder Hou Hsien-min, an Elder of United Presbyterian Church from Chi-hsin Presbytery and a Director of Grace Home Church, explained how this charity baseball game was initiated. For the past years, the major ministry of Grace Home Church was always an itinerary to cater for the poor and the marginalized families, but when the children of these families were asked what were their most favorite places to go? Their answer were not strolling department store but watching baseball match at the stadium. Ad this is the seed planted for this grand baseball feast for these 8,000 children.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


 

 

While Chiayi City Mayor Twu Shiing-jer sent his ceremonial first pitch, Rev. Wang Lien-su, Moderator of Chiayi Presbytery played the catcher, Mr Shei Kuang-hsiong the batter and Chiayi Bishop Chung An-zu as the head umpire on the charity baseball game held at Chiayi Municipal Baseball Stadium on May 9th 2015.

 

Photos by Simon Lin

 

 
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May 11 – 17, 2015

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Saving Dadu Plateau Forest, A Group of Mothers Protests Deteriorating Air Pollution Generated From Government’s Industrial Parks And Big Corporations

 

Reported by Simon Lin


On May 8, one day before the traditional Mother Day, demanding a basic human right to breathe freely, about 100 environmental activists and parents together with their children protested in masks at the plaza before Taichung City Government. They wanted local and central government to deliver concrete air-pollution improvement projects as early as possible and stop right away the high-polluting and high-energy-consumption industries.


Tsai Zeh-hau, General Secretary of Taiwan Ecology Academy, bombarded Taichung City Mayor’s support of the factory expansion of TSMC (Taiwan Semi-conductor Manufacturing Company) on the eco-sensitive Dadu Plateu Forest. Tsai said Mayor Lin Jia-long boasted that Taichung City could reduce 3.23 million tons of CO2 emission from 2012 to 2020, if current carbon reduction policy could be efficiently followed. But, if the factory expansion of TSMC is approved, it would emit 4.40 million tons of CO2 per year. “Why should a dog eat its own tail?”, asked Tsai.


Tsai also pointed out that there were 150 thousands trees in the Dadu Plateau Forest which covered 53 hectares land. This eco-sensitive forest was an important buffer to accommodate and sustain the high-density populations of Taichung City and her development’s need. Local government should not deem this forest as a landscape of horticulture only!


 

Translation by Peter Wolfe


 
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3298 Edition

May 11 - 17, 2015

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Save HIV Kids, Not One Less

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

On May 6, a joint press conference was held by The Garden of Mercy Foundations(GMF) and Centers of Disease Control(CDC), urging local governments strengthen a tighter HIV screening preventing the vertical transmission from mothers to their babies.

 

 

Since January 2005, in order to stop the HIV vertical transmission, Taiwan has implemented an island-wide and free HIV screening for the pregnant women. The records looked good from 2009 to 2013 with no infected cases. But, with 3 cases turned up in 2014, people became wary about its possible deteriorating situations.

 

 

Ms Chang Li-shu, Chairwoman of GMF, remarked that "Due to current legal stipulations, requiring drug-addicted suspect be sent into custody once found, the pregnant women with drug problems will intentionally refuse or avoid the related HIV screening. If we want to solve this HIV infections thoroughly, we have to promote the decriminalization of these drug-addicted pregnant mothers. After all, these women are victims not suitable for jail, verdict and punishment. They need medical care and rehabilitation!"

 

 

In the past 16 years, GMF had taken care of 62 suspected HIV babies. They all got cured of HIV except one, who missed the timings of valid therapy. Therefore, Chang urged Taiwan public pay more concern about HIV children and get involved into the movement: "Save HIV Kids, Not One Less!"

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

To prevent the vertical transmission from the pregnant mothers to their babies, The Garden of Mercy Foundations and Centers of Disease Control, urging local governments strengthen a tighter HIV screening.
Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 
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May 11 - 17, 2015

Editorial

 

 

Editorial: The Aboriginal Mission In Taiwan And The World

 

 

For the aboriginal peoples' churches and mission, 20th century is a time of extraordinary significance. Not only the Christian gospel are evangelized widespread among so many aboriginal tribes and society, establishing more than 500 PCT churches, but also consolidated the social base of Christian churches within the aboriginal society. All these demonstrates the influence of church among the life and development of the indigenous communities.

 

 

In the 20th century's aboriginal mission, Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary(YTCS) played a non-negligible role as an important leader. Established to expand the Kingdom of God and the salvation of Christian gospel within the aboriginal society, YTCS is a timely church institute based on the demands of theology and mission with the assigned four historical missions:

 

 

1. Train the missionary workers in a short rush. Facing the exponent growth in the initial evangelization of the aboriginal society, YTCS had to open some instant training courses on the Bible and theology to meet the shortage of evangelical workers.

 

 

2. Get involved to build the church from the scratch. When more and more aboriginal folks came into church, the demand of a church building became urgent as the bigger space was needed. So, almost all the early YTCS alumni were engaged in building church by heir own hands.

 

 

3. Hold lectures of apologetic training and orthodox theological defense incessantly in Presbytery. This is due to the biblical understanding and faith knowledge were not yet deeply rooted in aboriginal society; some false prophecy, heretics or even the Charismatics movement were still in fashion among the tribes.

 

 

4. Teach the church members to live a faithful life with dignity, hope and holiness under the impact of the secularization.

 

 

Confronting the drastic change of a new era, as the Kingdom of God is keep growing and expanding, YTCS should also respond with a new concept of mission. First, the theological training and quality should be up grated doubtlessly, as the living standards and knowledge level had been evidently improved within aboriginal societies. Second, instead of focusing the missionary concern on the aboriginal churches and tribal communities across Taiwan island, an broad perspective attending to an integral Taiwan society and the global aboriginal societies should be included.

 

 

Why do we have to make these changes? This is bcause YTCS has always positioned her theology as an engagement with the lives and sufferings of the aboriginal people, and as an effort to change the lives of the aboriginal communities by imputing values and power of aboriginal theologies.

 

 

As to the content of our own aboriginal theologies, we still need to study hard on various theological fields to facilitate our diverse viewpoints and dimensions. Theology should be a practical instrument, helping people know God more and be close to Him. Especially, when the theological audience is the aboriginal as a special group, YTCS should think twice whether their theologies could be understood by their tribal fellows?

 

 

Now, it's the 69th anniversary of YTCS. Except YTCS's past contributions to the aboriginal society should be confirmed, Taiwan churches as a whole would expect more that YTCS could respond to the calling from today's theology and mission and become the sign of the aboriginal mission in 21st century!

 

 
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May 11 - 17, 2015

Headline News

 

 

Taiwan Church Press Promotes Fair Trade To Love Our Earth And Pursue Economic Justice

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsaun

 

 

On May 8, one day before the World Fair Trade Day(every second Saturday of May), Taiwan Church Press, the historically centenary publishing house, and Okogreen Company Ltd(since 2007), the first FLO(Fairtrade International)-certified company in Taiwan, held a joint press conference filled with coffee aroma pledging to launch a fair and just cooperation to be friendly to the growers and the customers. In the meantime, through the actions committed to fair trade, Christians were urged to love the only earth we have and pursue the economic justice.

 

 

Rev. Fang Lang-ting, President of Taiwan Church Press, expressed Taiwan Church Press had been engaged in bringing the lively words to the readers for over one century and half; now, the readers were encouraged to transform these lively words into concrete actions. "As more and more people are used to drinking coffee, we can help a poor farmer in third-world countries if we change our preferred coffee into an FLO-certified one," said Rev. Fang.

 

 

Mr Hsu Wen-yen, founder of Okogreen, remarked that the concept of fair trade was initiated from European churches. "Up to date, still many European churches cherish such ideas of fair trade and support them in actions", said Mr Hsu, "Since we are member of World Trade Organization(WTO) and we continue to consume coffee, let us stand up for fair trade in action!"

 

 

Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretaray of PCT Church And Society Committee, reminded that the impacts of fair trade concept could be tantamount to the famous "Butterfly Effects" - a minor movement in each person could result into a huge change. He expected to work with Okogreen in the future, for example helping Urban Rural Missionary(URM) educate the marginalized producers bargaining with their purchasing corporations. "Church should pay more concerns to the suffered", said Rev. Lin.


 

Mr Chen Jon-yen, Director of City Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government, gave his affirmation about TCP's faithful engagement in fair trade promotion through selling green coffee. Especially, when more and more world-renown coffee brands penetrating into Taiwan market, he reminded the public be wary about the ecological and agricultural crisis behind these phenomenon.

 

 

Lu Wei-yin, Tainan City Council Representative, praised the cooperation of TCP and Okogreen Company Ltd as "A Marriage of Consciousness", because TCP not only introduced modern civilization into Taiwan but carried on caring about Taiwan's democratic process and the marginalized people.

 

 

Rev. Hwang Su-wen, Moderator of Tainan Presbytery, and Rev. Chen Yu-jay, member of Church and Society Committee of Tainan Presbytery were also invited to attend to witness this significant ceremony. From this moment on, Okogreen coffee in Tainan bookstore of TCP was available. As to other TCP branches, Okogreen coffee will be open in months later. TCP was also authorized to sell Okogreen coffee within PCT.

 

 

To care for the victims of recent Nepal earthquake, the marginalized and the social welfare groups, 10 dollars of each cup of Okogreen coffee consumed in TCP bookstores would be donated for the related parties concerned.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 
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3297 Edition

May 5 - 10, 2015

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Protesting Overwork, Taiwan Labour Front Asks 40 Hours Per Week

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

"Open wide the protective umbrella for Taiwan's 3.4 millions workers!", chanted by dozens of protesting workers led by Taiwan Labour Front(TLF), who raised up bright yellow umbrellas and aligned themselves to form the number“40”in the middle of Jinan Road outside the Legislature Yuan on April 30.

 

 

Sun Yo-lian, Secretary-General of TLF, said that the hazardous overwork of Taiwanese workers had reached 2,124 hours per year. Such an alarming figure was ranked the third highest in current global records, only surpassed by South Korea and Mexico. TLF asked an immediate law amendment, stipulating 40 work hours per week in the Labor Standards Act, to protect Taiwan workers.

 

 

Since 2001, when 49% Taiwan employee in private sectors, including police and firemen, were applied a legal capping hours at 84 hours per two weeks, most employees in public sectors(personnel in government, army and school) had already been given 40 hours per week. This is why even police officers and firemen joined this TLF protesting assembly, asking to cap working hours at 40-hours per week.

 

p.s. :

 

According to an up-dated local news, a law amendment capping weekly work hours at 40 was passed on May 15. The amendment of article 30 of Labor Standards Act got the approval of lawmakers across party lines, who confirmed it as "A victory for workers!"

 

The amended law stipulates that a worker is not to work more than eight hours a day. Starting from 2016, Taiwan workers will be under no obligation to work for more than 40 hours per week or eight hours per day. This amendment is deemed as the legal basis for workers to get two days off per week.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 
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